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Police Arrest Suspected Hit and Run Driver

Police Arrest Suspected Hit and Run Driver

A 42-year-old Aliso Viejo motorist, who allegedly fled after hitting a woman in a Laguna Beach crosswalk,  was arrested for suspicion of driving drunk and hit and run at least four miles away, police said. Witnesses said Sherry Lynn Vialone did not stop after striking a pedestrian at Coast Highway and Brooks Street at 11:17 p.m. […]

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Paddle-Out Pays Tribute to Surf Icon

Paddle-Out Pays Tribute to Surf Icon

On surfboards and paddle boards, power boats and a Hobie Cat, at least 3,000 people took to the water of Doheny State Beach this past Friday. The paddle out tribute to Hobie Alter included surf industry luminaries, family and hundreds of admirers. Another 1,000 watched from shore. Geysers of water spouted as Alter’s wish was […]

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Churches Mount Holy Week Celebrations

Churches Mount Holy Week Celebrations

Neighborhood Congregational Church will hold its annual Easter sunrise service at 6 a.m. in Alta Laguna Park, 3299 Alta Laguna Blvd., including Native American flutes and drumming, as well as a traditional worship service at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. Worshipers can expect choral music led by Pam Wicks, a […]

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Churches Mount Holy Week Celebrations

Churches Mount Holy Week Celebrations

Neighborhood Congregational Church will hold its annual Easter sunrise service at 6 a.m. in Alta Laguna Park, 3299 Alta Laguna Blvd., including Native American flutes and drumming, as well as a traditional worship service at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. Worshipers can expect choral music led by Pam Wicks, a […]

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Sea Star Die Off Remains a Mystery

Sea Star Die Off Remains a Mystery

After six weeks of investigation, scientists still have yet to pinpoint the underlying cause of a disease that is killing sea stars along the West Coast and wiping out Laguna Beach’s population. “It’s certainly into the tens of thousands and maybe in the millions,” said Pete Raimondi, chair of the ecology and evolutionary biology department […]

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Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny State Beach to further fulfill that promise by joining a memorial […]

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College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday, April 10, students from LCAD’s Big Bend campus and […]

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Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

A plan for permanent housing for chronically homeless people who are mentally ill is generating much discussion around town and some pointed letters to the editor. Even so, only about 35 residents showed up at a meeting held last Friday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, organized by the project’s leaders to address concerns prior to […]

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Embracing an ‘Eternal Legacy’

Embracing an ‘Eternal Legacy’

The Arts Commission chose the work titled “Eternal Legacy” by Gerard Basil Stripling and Michele Taylor to serve as a memorial for two Laguna Beach police officers who died on duty. The unanimous recommendation, made this past Monday, April 14, will come before the City Council on May 6. Three other Laguna Beach artists, Jorg […]

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Master of Migration

Master of Migration

Twice each year, thousands of Pacific gray whales closely follow the coast and pass by Laguna Beach. This is the longest seasonal migration known as they travel more than 14,000 miles roundtrip between their winter warm-water breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja California and their summer cold-water feeding grounds in the Bering Sea and […]

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Marking 50 Years of Filmmaking

Marking 50 Years of Filmmaking

Laguna Beach-based MacGillivray Freeman Films celebrates 50 years of award-winning film making at the 15th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival with events Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29 and 30. The red carpet screening of “Lovesick,” staring Matt LeBlanc, on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Edwards Big Newport, 300 Newport Center Dr., will open the […]

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Librarian Writes a New Chapter

Librarian Writes a New Chapter

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Jon Gilliom took on the job as Laguna Beach’s library branch manager a little more than a year ago and he is already helping rewrite what library patrons can expect to find amid the stacks. Gilliom, who holds a degree in literature and has studied computer science, discovered that […]

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Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny State Beach to further fulfill that promise by joining a memorial […]

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College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

  They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday, April 10, students from LCAD’s Big Bend campus […]

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Music Fest Wins New Fans

Music Fest Wins New Fans

Organizer and promoter Rick Conkey agreed to some unusual concessions in setting up last month’s Blue Water Green Earth Music Festival. Besides hiring police for security, keeping an ambulance on standby, he agreed to pull the plug on amplified music for 30 minutes Saturday evening due to a wedding scheduled at a neighboring venue, Seven […]